Rihanna has named Madonna as the pop icon who has inspired her the most.
The ‘California King Bed’ star praised the 52-year-old singer for being able to continually reinvent herself successfully after three decades in the industry.
When asked about her inspirations, Rihanna told We Love Pop: “I think that Madonna was a great inspiration for me, especially on my earlier work.”
She added: “If I had to examine her evolution through time, I think she reinvented her clothing style and music with success every single time.
“And at the same time remained a real force in entertainment in the whole world.”
Speaking about her own experience with image changes, the 23-year-old said: “I’m over my Rated R period, even though it was very successful for me.
“It was tough because I was forced to maintain a certain image for so long and now I just want to get out of that.
“I want to have more fun with my music, my image and be more experimental. So, with Loud, I got a bit more rebellious and did whatever I wanted to do. I reinvented my image and took creative control.”
Rihanna also gave props to fellow fashion forward diva Lady Gaga. While RiRi respects Gaga for her daring, take-no-prisoners fashion sense, she prefers a less outrageous look for herself. “I don’t think I could walk down the street wearing bubbles or a dress made of ham, [but] what Lady Gaga has done has been kind of amazing,” she acknowledged. “I am the opposite. I wear clothes I would wear on the street. I’m all about a real look.”
SMH… Let us find out, all that freaky isht we know RihRih is down to do — but she won’t wear a bubble dress? Okay cuz pum pump shorts and sheer bras are so much more of a “real look”.